In January 2017 the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published a report “Reintroducing Disarmament and Cooperative Security to the Toolbox of 21st Century Leaders“. Editors are well known reseachers Dan Plesch, Kevin Miletic and Tariq Rauf.
…To the vast majority of people, ‘disarmament’ may sound like an ancient practice developed by cold war rivals to maintain the balance of power. The concept itself has fallen into abeyance as it has failed to remain high on the agenda of policymakers. Now considered a second-class issue, disarmament affairs rarely attract society’s attention….
While the climate for any form of arms control and disarmament may appear bleak, keeping on doing business as usual will not improve the situation. It is rare to find a case where the militarization of international relations produces a more stable environment and more cooperative partners. Thus, it is essential to re-establish the linkages between security/stability and disarmament/arms control. It is especially important for current leaders to get reacquainted with arms control and disarmament…./
The rationale for this volume is to oppose conventional thinking that equates national security with the modernization and build-up of military capabilities; and to rehabilitate disarmament and arms control mechanisms as a cornerstone of national security and international stability.
the full book to download as a PDF file: https://www.sipri.org/sites/default/files/Reintroducing-Disarmament-and-Cooperative-Security.pdf